Explanations: No. 14656 – Wednesday, 21 December 2011
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8 It’s hard to believe there’s tea for the audience, everyone reportedly, tea and beer (4,4)
There’s “tea” for the audience (T) everyone (ALL) reportedly “tea” (T) and “beer” (ALE) = TALL TALE: it’s hard to believe.
9 Go back around the barrister on form (6)
“Go” back (O-G) around “‘the barrister’ ‘on’“ (BL-ON) = OBLONG: form.
10 The red horse brought back the bird (6)
The red horse (RED NAG) brought back = GANDER: the bird.
11 Minor T-range adjustment (8)
T (TEE) “range” adjustment (NAGER) = TEENAGER: minor.
12 He, a French king, takes a century to become so brave (6)
He (HE) a French “king” (ROI) takes “a century” (C) to become = HEROIC: so brave.
13 He watches that lav just before Kildare, with Ronald (6-2)
That “lav”(LOO) just before “Kildare” (KE) with “Ronald” (RON) = LOOKER-ON: he watches.
15 Understood Kay used the opposite (4)
Kay (K) “used”, just the opposite (NEW) = KNEW: understood.
17 Those in the mob get Mother back, if the circle says ‘yes’, in Italy (7)
Mother (MA) back “if” (FI) the circle (O) “says yes” in Italy (SI) get = MAFIOSI: those in the mob.
19 In ‘Alien’, the private investigator with the nickname (7)
In “Alien” (E-T) the private investigator, “PI” with “the” (PI-THE) = EPITHET: nickname.
22 An instance, as in letters seen after a date? (4)
In “letters seen after a date” (C-E) as (AS) = CASE: an instance.
24 Trained to put half the choo-choo in the sleigh? (8)
To put in “the sleigh” (S-LED) half the “choo-choo” (CHOO) = SCHOOLED: trained.
27 Close to a rampaging bear in a US city (6)
In “a US city” (N-Y) a rampaging “bear” (EARB) = NEARBY: close to.
29 Guess roughly, items consumed (8)
Roughly “items” (ESTIM) consumed (ATE) = ESTIMATE: guess.
30 The proposal he is in, it is here shortly (6)
In “it is” here shortly (‘T-IS) he is (HE’S) = THESIS: the proposal.
31 The one with the redesigned diode, I got to be part of that? (6)
The one (I) with the redesigned “diode” (ODIDE) = IODIDE: I (iodine) got to be part of that?
32 Chuck and Al, that hurts the house (8)
Chuck (BUNG) and Al (AL) that hurts (OW) = BUNGALOW: the house.
1 Take the artist inside, Catherine, there’s a sport (6)
Take inside “Catherine” (KA-TE) the artist (RA) there’s = KARATE: a sport.
2 Pleased with 10-51 flowers (8)
Pleased (GLAD) with “ten” (IO) -51 (LI) = GLADIOLI: flowers.
3 Pub shelving that’s used by soldiers (8)
Pub (BAR) shelving (RACKS) = BARRACKS: that’s used by soldiers.
4 One often crawls to a representative part of the roof (7)
To “a representative” (REP) part of the roof (TILE) = REPTILE: one often crawls.
5 Rob plays around, the Spanish cheer, all for the dance (6)
“Rob” plays (B-RO) around “the Spanish cheer” (OLE) all for = BOLERO: the dance.
6 Alan’s expert around Strasbourg (6)
Alan’s expert (AL’S ACE) = ALSACE: around Strasbourg.
7 A doctor in the dancing? Encore! Encore! (4,4)
In “the dancing ‘encore’” (ONCE RE) a doctor (MO) = ONCE MORE: encore!
14 Oh-oh … sounds like one has an obligation (4)
Oh-oh (OHS) sounds like = OWES: one has an obligation.
16 Part of the precinct returned this kind (4)
Part of the “pr-ECIN-ct” (ECIN) returned this = NICE: kind.
18 One who came earlier with an engineered Escort (8)
With “an” (AN) engineered “escort” (CESTOR) = ANCESTOR: one who came earlier.
20 Sorry to write one at the big top, for example (8)
To write (PEN) one (I) at “the big top, for example” (TENT) = PENITENT: sorry.
21 A traditional page-turner bringing in more than is sent out? (5,3)
A traditional (TRAD) “page” turner? (E-GAP) = TRADE GAP: bringing in more than is sent out.
23 Perhaps ‘hurry, compare and buy’ and ‘fairly and squarely’ for example (7)
Perhaps “hurry, compare and buy”, verbs used in ads (AD VERBS) and = ADVERBS: fairly and squarely, for example.
25 Abraham left the aborigine to see the start (6)
The aborigine (ab-ORIGIN-e) Abraham, ‘Abe’, left (-ABE) to see = ORIGIN: the start.
26 It might be Kenny or Edward sent back into that crazy king (6)
Into “that crazy King” (LEA-R) Edward, ‘Ed’, sent back (DE) or = LEADER: it might be (Enda) Kenny.
28 Your brother takes 20 cwt for someone across the water (6)
Your brother (BR) takes “20 cwt” (I TON) for = BRITON: someone across the water.